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Red Mist (A Scarpetta Novel) Hardcover – December 6, 2011
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“When it comes to the forensic sciences, nobody can touch Cornwell.”—The New York Times Book Review
“Cornwell has created a character so real, so compelling, so driven that this reader has to remind herself regularly that Scarpetta is just a product of an author’s imagination.”—USA Today
“Scarpetta is one of the most believable characters in crime fiction.”—The Vancouver Sun --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
About the Author
Patricia Cornwell is one of the world’s major internationally bestselling authors, translated into thirty-six languages in more than fifty countries.
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This is a book were I just want to say, 'JUST THE FACTS MA'AM'.
What a complete snoozer. I won't be finishing this book at all. And I don't know where or why the writing style of Cornwell changed but it stinks!!
Go back to the original writing style in the earlier books because it kept my interest!
Instead of finding the answers she seeks, Kay is stunned when Lawler surreptitiously passes her a note with a phone number. The phone number belongs to Jamie Berger, the former lover of Kay's beloved niece Lucy. Jamie, once a DA, is now a defense lawyer. She wants Kay's help in re-investigating the murder of a family. Berger does not believe the woman about to be executed for the killings is guilty. Scarpetta is stunned to find Pete Marino, her CFC investigator, is assisting Berger. She is even more surprised to find both Berger and Marino insist the FBI is investigating Kay.
Feeling manipulated and, in some ways betrayed, Scarpetta resists assisting Berger. But additional murders and new information draw her deeper and deeper into a complex plot that puts everyone involved in danger. Kay methodically solves several puzzles.
Kay also wrestles with guilt over Lucy and Berger, and muses about her history with Fielding, concluding: "You really can't love unconditionally. People can burn and beat love out of you. They really can kill it, and it's not your fault you don't feel it anymore, and how liberating it is to finally realize that. Love isn't for better or for worse, though thick or thin. It damn well shouldn't be."
Lucy and Benton, Kay's husband, make minimal appearances in the book. It'd be nice -- and perhaps more believable in the overall context of the series -- to see Benton regain a more prominent role in Scarpetta's life. He seems, at times, barely an accessory.
Kay's inner turmoil and emotions, and the methods she uses to investigate are the highlights of the novel. The solution is a bit over-the-top to be completely believable. Kay seems more entranced by Lucy's former lover, Jamie, than her niece is or was, which seems out of character for Kay.
Okay, but not the best Scarpetta.
He was sexually molested by a teacher, turned guidance counselor working at a ranch for troubled young men that Jack attended as a 12-year old. The Counselor's name was Cathleen, who unbeknownst to Jack had given birth to identical twins. The twins are separated at birth but finally reunite when they are 22 years old. They have one thing in common: they are both Sociopaths!
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Aside from all the medical, legal and psychological experts missing the obvious “twin” answer that becomes apparent to the reader...Read more